Rifle team aims for success

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Members of the LRHS JROTC rifle team aim for success.

Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Thursday, Dec. 5, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Rifle team competed in their second County Rifle meet at Manatee High School (MHS).

The team is split into two competitive teams: An A team and B team. Both teams took third place overall.

Seniors Kelly Walker and Christina Williams, juniors Bailey Howell and Tanner Pollock, and freshman Holden Pollock were on the A team for this meet. Junior Grant Toney, sophomore Antonia Boyd, and freshmen Nathaly Ovalle, Cordelia Ramsden, and Julie Periera competed on the B team.

Ramsden said, “It’s hard to stay relaxed when I know I have to shoot, so we take naps before we shoot and between positions to help us stay calm.”

Pollock placed first in the kneeling position, which means he achieved the most points in that position out of all the competitors.

Master Sergeant William Cassidy, the Army Instructor (AI) for the LRHS JROTC program, is the coach for the rifle team.

“Rifle is a whole other ball game,” said Cassidy, “With Raiders and Orienteering, the kids can be balls of energy before a meet and use it to propel them forward while they’re out there. With Rifle my kids need to stay relaxed and calm. Otherwise, they’ll be nervous, unsteady, and won’t be able to perform.”

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